At to start with glance, Korean and Italian cuisines have totally nothing to do with every other. That might incredibly effectively be the scenario upon further more inspection as well—but 45-yr-outdated culinary pro Tony Park has discovered a quite creative way to combine the two gastronomic kinds at his not too long ago-rebranded cafe Antoya, on 32nd Avenue involving Fifth and Sixth Avenues, proper in Koreatown.
“I often wanted to open an reliable Korean restaurant in midtown but I also preferred to add a New York taste to it, to Americanize it a bit,” Park, who was born to Korean mom and dad in Italy and moved to New York right after higher education, recalls. “Due to the fact I’m an Italian chef, I determined to infuse Italian culinary techniques into the menu.”
What that appears like in practice is a tomato kimchi, for example, a Gangnam-type sausage that’s passed via an Italian meat grinder and is served as an Italian sausage typically is (“It looks Italian but preferences Korean!”) and a rosemary- and mint-herbed lamb dish.
Park initially operated a franchise shop of popular Korean model Samwon Garden in the place at present occupied by Antoya. At the time COVID-19 strike, the authentic franchise shuttered and Park was remaining with a retail outlet that he now had permission to morph into one thing unrestricted by franchise rules—hence his want to concurrently honor his Asian and European roots.
The chef and proprietor is no stranger to New York’s dining scene: he is the powerhouse behind the different Angelina Bakery locations all over town, Asian-inspired Italian bakeries that provide sweet and savory treats.
His bakeries are really the motive why he landed on the title Antoya for his just lately rebranded room in midtown. “Angelina Bakery is named following my daughter and my son Antonio was generally unfortunate that we failed to have a cafe named right after him,” describes Tony. “In Korean, when you phone your kid, you insert ‘ya’ at the end as [a form of] endearment. We shorten his identify to Anto and simply call him ‘Antoya’—hence the restaurant’s identify.”
Verify out some shots of the room and food items beneath:
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